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marked by courteous submission or respect

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showing deference

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Now he rattled forth full-throated sentences about patriotism, national glory, and the people's right; now he muttered some perilous stuff or other, in a sly and doubtful whisper, so cautiously that even his own conscience could scarcely catch the secret; and now, again, he spoke in measured accents, and a deeply deferential tone, as if a royal ear were listening to his wellturned periods.
She was then no longer either deferential or patronizing; no longer either a rebel or a slave.
The oppressive sense of the harm she had done led Tess to be more deferential than she might otherwise have been to the maternal wish; but she could not understand why her mother should find such satisfaction in contemplating an enterprise of, to her, such doubtful profit.
Bulstrode had also a deferential bending attitude in listening, and an apparently fixed attentiveness in his eyes which made those persons who thought themselves worth hearing infer that he was seeking the utmost improvement from their discourse.
Here Miss Knag paused to take breath, and while she pauses it may be observed--not that she was marvellously loquacious and marvellously deferential to Madame Mantalini, since these are facts which require no comment; but that every now and then, she was accustomed, in the torrent of her discourse, to introduce a loud, shrill, clear 'hem!' the import and meaning of which, was variously interpreted by her acquaintance; some holding that Miss Knag dealt in exaggeration, and introduced the monosyllable when any fresh invention was in course of coinage in her brain; others, that when she wanted a word, she threw it in to gain time, and prevent anybody else from striking into the conversation.
On reaching the offices of the board, Stepan Arkadyevitch, escorted by a deferential porter with a portfolio, went into his little private room, put on his uniform, and went into the boardroom.
The pupils cared little for a companion who had no grand stories to tell about home; no friends to come with post-horses, and be received in all humility, with cake and wine, by the governess; no deferential servant to attend and bear her home for the holidays; nothing genteel to talk about, and nothing to display.
Deferential equilibrium is a term used by Hirofumi Uzawa, a theoretical economist, to describe the unabated emission of carbon dioxide of countries even though countries knows for certainty that it is harmful and the main cause of the accelerated effect of the global warming.
Despite his legal woes in India and past controversies here, Zakir continues to receive deferential treatment from some Malaysian authority figures.
When he meets or communicates with murdering dictators, his personality changes and he becomes very deferential and willing to believe whatever they tell him.
The design includes a subtle and deferential canopy of glass and steel, which is being added along the south side of Trinity Church to provide protection from weather during its signature processionals.
It is deferential treatment for law enforcement officers."
TLP has been deferential to the judiciary and the military throughout its brief political life, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) for its part, added to the chorus of outrage surrounding the Khatam-e-Nabuwat issue in the Parliament.
GM Cruise's government relations head, Nadia Marquez, wrote in one email to officials, 'I want to be deferential to everyone's time and work, but without compromising needed AV safety ahead of our forthcoming pilot launch.'
They also agreed that Prince Harry's wife was sweet and deferential.